Wilmington Man Charged After Alleged Drunk Driving Crash

Suspect allegedly fled the scene of the accident after rolling his car over on Shawsheen Street.

A Wilmington man is facing a laundry list of charges after allegedly driving drunk and rolling his car over at the intersection of Shawsheen Street and Rockvale Road in Tewksbury.

Richard A. Decoste, 43, of 2 River St., Wilmington, allegedly fled the scene following the accident and was tracked down in the woods behind a Rockvale Road home, according to the Tewksbury Police report.

According to the report, a 911 caller reported the crash at 1190 Shawsheen St. at 1:11 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, prompting a full emergency response to the scene. As officers arrived, the suspect was spotted heading into the woods behind 62 Rockvale. The K-9 unit was called to the scene but Decoste was located quickly.

According to the report, Decoste did not surrender quietly and assaulted officers attempting to subdue him.

Decoste was charged with OUI-liquor (2nd offense), operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license (3rd or subsequent offense), three counts of assault and battery on a police officer, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, disorderly conduct, marked lanes violation, wanton destruction of property and refusal to identify himself for a police officer.

Investigating officers found property damage alleged caused by Decoste's car at 1195 Shawsheen St., 1215 Shawsheen St., and 62 Rockvale Road.


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